"How can you come here and talk about how horrible it is, when you support these laws?"
The vice mayor of Broward County, Florida added his voice to the growing criticism of President Donald Trump ahead of the president's planned visit to the area on Friday, accusing Trump of "hypocrisy."
Trump is expected to visit the town of Parkland, where 17 people were killed and 14 were injured in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday.
"Him coming here, to me, is absurd," Vice Mayor Mark Bogen told CNN. "Him coming here is absolutely absurd, and he's a hypocrite."
While numerous students, parents, and town officials have directly called for stricter gun laws to combat mass shootings—as the nation counted its 8th school shooting that resulted in injury or death in the first six weeks of 2018—Trump has been silent on gun control this week, instead incorrectly suggesting that community members had done an insufficient job of reporting Cruz's mental health issues and offering "prayers and condolences."
Bogen pointed out that focusing on the shooter's mental health does little to absolve the president of his responsibility.
"How can you come here and talk about how horrible it is, when you support these laws?" Bogen said. "One year ago this month the president reversed a rule banning mentally ill people from purchasing a gun."